Helmut Franzke

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 32)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  2 Dec 1907 Berlin-Templhof
Died  28 May 1944(36)

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4 Nov 1932 Seekadett
1 Sep 1935 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1936 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1937 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Apr 1940 Kapitänleutnant


U-boat Commands

U-3 29 Jul 1940 10 Nov 1940   No war patrols 

Franzke apparently entered the navy in 1927 but per the 1937 Rangliste was part of Crew 1932 for officer training and promotion purposes.

Franzke was court-martialed for homosexuality with some of his crew and demoted to the ranks. Served in punishment units but died on a VP-Boat (Busch & Röll, 1999).

Patrol info for Helmut Franzke

This commander did not go out on patrols with his boats.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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